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Obama wants to give $1 billion to scandal wracked Central American gov'ts

Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are in a crucial phase of lobbying for new U.S. funds to help them break cycles of poverty and violence, and stem migration. But the presidents of both Honduras and Guatemala have recently come under fire for alleged corruption.... Read more»

Factchecking Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush, the brother of one president and son of another, plans to join the 2016 presidential campaign today. It is the first time he has run for national office, so our file on him isn’t as robust as those for some other candidates.... Read more»

Combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords christened

Named for the former congresswoman, a new U.S. Navy combat ship designed to operate in shallow waters was christened Saturday in a ceremony in Mobile, Ala. "In Congress I was proud to support our armed forces. I love the Navy — I even married a sailor," Giffords said. The ship's sponsor is Jill Biden, wife of the U.S. vice president.... Read more»

It's a banner occasion: Flag Day

Flag Day: In the 238 years since the U.S. flag was adopted by the Continental Congress, it's seen the addition of a few stars and a stripe or three has been added and removed.... Read more»

Sen. Flake goes to Cuba — again

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake traveled to Cuba this weekend, meeting with the island nation's vice president and foreign minister. The Arizona Republican is a strong backer of the Obama administration's push for a rapproachment with the communist country after five decades of a contentious relationship.... Read more»

More than 200 hunger strike at Eloy immigration detention center

More than 200 immigrant detainees launched a hunger strike Saturday morning, demanding an end to "brutal and inhumane conditions" and independent investigations into the death of at least one detainee at the Eloy Detention Center, 50 miles north of Tucson. ... Read more»6

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Top 10 facts you need to know about immigrants today

This June marks the second annual Immigrant Heritage Month, when Americans celebrate their immigrant roots and tell their families’ stories of sacrifice and contribution. Woven together, these stories form the backbone of the United States. To mark the month, here are 10 things you need to know about immigrants today:... Read more»

Texas church offers haven to lesbian facing deportation

A Texas church has offered sanctuary to an undocumented Guatemalan immigrant who said returning to her homeland means violence, abuse or even death. As a lesbian, Sulma Franco said she is fighting for herself and others at risk because of their sexual orientation. ... Read more»

House panel advances bill to improve forest management, fire prevention

A house panel gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill aimed at reducing catastrophic wildfires on federal lands by better managing forests before fires and quickly restoring them afterward.... Read more»

Feds want to run flimsy motorcycle helmets off the road

After years of inaction, federal regulators are trying to crack down on the use of cheap novelty helmets linked to thousands of motorcycle crash deaths and injuries in recent years.... Read more»

Border crossings down, Texas buildup forges ahead

The surge of unaccompanied children and families illegally crossing the border that flooded into Texas last year has dropped off dramatically, but Texas lawmakers say the numbers are still high enough to justify the hundreds of millions of dollars they are planning to spend on beefing up the state's border presence.... Read more»

Factchecking Obama's health care boasts

President Barack Obama made misleading and exaggerated claims in a speech Tuesday boasting of the accomplishments of the Affordable Care Act.... Read more»

OSHA unveils new hot app – no, really, it’s an app warning of hot weather

OSHA officials have a message for workers and others who expect to be outside working and playing as summer heats up: Shade, water and rest for safety. And if that’s too much to remember, the agency has an app for that.... Read more»

Class-action suit claims Border Patrol violates immigrants' civil rights

During a six-month period in 2013, people detained by the Border Patrol near Tucson were regularly held more than 24 hours in temporary facilities, breaking the agency's own policies and subjecting immigrants to freezing, overcrowded cells without access to food, water, medical care and legal council, according to a new federal class-action lawsuit. ... Read more»

Texas gov. signs sweeping border security bill

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed the final piece of a massive effort by lawmakers to bolster the ranks of state police, increase technology and establish intelligence operations units on the Texas-Mexico border. ... Read more»

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